Daylong Struggle to Pray – a second run at it!

1. Morning Prayers:


Candle lit

in catholic arc of stone,

Sitting still,

attuned for daily grace,

I find instead

a taunting separate self

singing the tuneless hymns

of my slumbering morning-prayers.


2. Midday Intercession:


Gathering thoughts at noon,

in midday sun

I seek the light to pray

through clouded mind

for all the broken world;

My calloused heart

so hard to hear

my racing thoughts

so hard to clear

during my struggling noonday-prayers.


3. Evening Prayers:


I come again at end of day;

Prayerwheel’s turned another cog;

My evening rays,

another’s morning mist;

my hours worked,

another’s sleep;

my letting go,

another’s to keep;

And in my dimming evening prayer,

I look at last

beyond the dark and hovering cloud

and find once more

grace enough

to start again.


About chrisahrends

For me, writing is a healing art aimed at healing me - and if in any way it resonates with you - that would be wonderful. I live in Cape Town, South Africa; work in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and am married to Jacqui Macqueen Ahrends.
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